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Unraveling the Mystery of the Trevor Davis Pick

We listened to Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson talk about all the Green Bay Packers’ draft picks, but we were especially interested in what they had to say about fifth-round pick Trevor Davis.

Davis is the Cal receiver whose selection made the least sense of any of the Packers’ picks last week.

It didn’t make sense because the Packers were six deep at receiver before selecting Davis and Davis isn’t considered an NFL-ready receiver.

He does bring one thing to the table though.


Davis ran a 4.42 40 at the combine. He was clocked with faster times in other workouts.

McCarthy and Thompson wouldn’t admit they wanted to get faster at receiver, but that appears to be the only logical reason you’d make this pick in the fifth round. You’re certainly not choosing a guy in that round to purposely stash on the practice squad.

In year one — providing he makes the team — the Packers are looking at Davis as a return man.

“He’s a potential returner,” McCarthy said. “It’s important here especially in November through January. He will be given opportunity to compete.”

There’s no doubt the Packers chose Davis for more than that, though. They don’t see him as just a returner. They see him as a guy who can develop into a decent receiver as well.

It doesn’t seem logical that the Packers will keep seven receivers in 2016.

That means someone among the group of Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Davis are likely out.

Adams, based on his 2015 performance, would seem like the obvious choice, but we have a hard time seeing the Packers give up on a second-round pick after just two seasons.

This competition will be interesting.

Joseph Bonham

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  1. Korey May 2, 2016

    Here’s one conspiracy theory, Ty Montgomery might actually be worse off than we are led to believe and his injury will prohibit him from being effective for at least another year. Thus, this pick actually does make sense if we now have to turn towards a new fast returner and wide receiver combo.

  2. Cheese May 2, 2016

    Janis was great as a returner. Maybe Abbrederis is out.

    1. bob May 2, 2016

      I think Janis is out since he’s shown time and time again that he can’t run and look for the ball at the same time. He looks like he’s tripping over his feet and loses a shitload of speed as soon as he looks for the ball on deep go routes. The dude does not look athletic except in the track sense of the word, sorry. That being said, Abby is slow as hell so you might be right. Would hate if the people suspecting Ty’s injury to be bad are right. . .he looked like he had lots of potential.

  3. Feck May 2, 2016

    Assuming all 7 make it through the preseason healthy. If any one of those guys ends up on IR (knock on wood) the pick makes sense as insurance.

  4. Deepsky May 2, 2016

    This makes sense when you consider the Packers really only have one reliable receiver on the team in Cobb. Nelson, Adams, Janis, Abbrederis, all big question marks.

  5. jschizl May 2, 2016

    If they line up Jeff Janis in all the other position of need we will keep six I see him as a ilb or a tight end or set the edge for the line or a pass rushers or the coach or the gmail he could even ducking sell sodas to

  6. Zwoeger May 2, 2016

    For some reason , and it’s not his rout running, they don’t like Janis. I’m afraid the shit heads let him go and he’ll be a star somewhere else.

    1. bob May 2, 2016

      have you seen how awkward he looks the moment he looks for the ball? The dude can’t keep his balance without looking straight ahead and despite getting separation on a number of occasions last season and having a chance at the ball, he looked like a damn fool every time as soon as he turns his head to spot the ball. The hail mary catch was sweet but that’s not how a normal, smooth pass play is supposed to go down — he fails miserably at maintaining speed and balance while looking for the ball so imo he sucks nuts as anything but a return man.

      1. rebelgb May 2, 2016

        This. Mccarthy doesnt like Janis for exactly this. The kid cant keep stride while adjusting to the ball. Its an absolute must for a WR in the NFL. NFL corners can compete with 4.5 and 4.6 speed. Why? Because receivers lose speed during ball search. Good corners close the gap during that precious time. Janis loses more speed during ball search than any pro receiver ive ever seen.

        Honestly id be surprised if he makes the roster now with this Davis pick. From what I saw on Davis’s pro day tape, the kid has no problem keeping his swiftness while looking for the football. His stride is also very very fluent, he doesnt lose speed changing directions when he makes cuts (something a lot of white wr’s struggle with) Janis is an ok returner when he can go straight ahead, but as soon as he makes a move he is a duck. This Davis kid will make moves and still blow by people.

        The fact we havent had any updates on Montgomery is concerning. They have kept us up on Jordys progress pretty regularly but not on Monty. Makes me wonder whats going on.

        This pick and our 2nd rounder could make this draft a very huge and important draft for us.

        I look forward to seeing this kid in camp and preseason. Expect a lot of early talk when he shows what he can do.

        1. Phatgzus May 2, 2016

          Agreed with both of you RE: Janis, and with you on Davis. I think Janis may be gone, unless Abby goes on IR before the start of the season again or Montgomery is not ready, if he ever will be (the silence regarding his injury is very worrying, TT also made a cryptic statement regarding young receivers and ankle injuries in one of his pressers a few weeks ago as well, could’ve been a reference to either Davante, Ty or both). Rodgers and MM rave about Abby’s route and his football intelligence.

      2. Deepsky May 4, 2016

        Agreed. Janis can’t catch a ball over his shoulder in stride. If you look at the Trevor Davis highlights, he’s beating defenders a lot with his speed and catching passes in stride. He went to the same school as Aaron Rodgers, so you can bet there’s going to be some chemistry there.

    2. rebelgb May 2, 2016

      Its his route running. May be more to it, maybe he’s not a locker room guy. Maybe he banged Mccarthy’s hot daughter. But its definitely his route running.

      1. Zwoeger May 2, 2016

        I meant not his route running alone of course.

  7. Howard May 2, 2016

    How many concussions did Abbrederis have in college? I know he had a severe one during training camp last year. Not good for a slot receiver.

  8. Andy Pants May 2, 2016

    The Packers are a team that is reliant on its passing game, first and foremost. It seems, to me, completely obvious why they would constantly be looking for ways to make sure they maintain (or regain) their dominance. They can’t wait until they are depleted, and they don’t want a repeat of last year.

    Will Adams and Montgomery come back 100% from their respective ankle injuries? Will Abbrederis keep getting concussions? Will Nelson be 100% after his ACL injury and having turned 30? What if Cobb gets injures his shoulder again like the last couple seasons? What about 2017 and beyond?

    This is not a fucking mystery.

    1. Chad Lundberg May 2, 2016

      ^ FUCKING THIS!!!!!

    2. Phatgzus May 2, 2016


  9. Jtmax May 2, 2016

    Our receivers are very prone to injuries and we can’t win a game without a passing game so it makes sense to have 7 guys. I doubt that all 7 will be healthy when the season starts. I also doubt that all 7 guys live up to expectations so we will end up with 5-6 guys who are healthy and can play. Adams cannot continue to drop balls and run like a snail. I don’t understand how TT can draft an average size receiver who runs 4.56 40. That’s just not fast enough for NFL. If we want to win, we have to put the top 5-6 receivers on the field regardless of draft status.

  10. I steal fish May 3, 2016

    mystery my ass. when jordy nelson went down, we didn’t have one receiver on the field fast enough to get separation consistently. so we got a speedster.

  11. JoePack12 May 3, 2016

    Janis is better than Adams.